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A Pilot for Integrating Capstone Design with a Two-Semester Innovation & Entrepreneurship Course Sequence

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

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978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

26.81.1 - 26.81.13

DOI

10.18260/p.23422

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https://peer.asee.org/23422

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44

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Keith G. Sheppard Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Dr. Keith G. Sheppard is Associate Dean in the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. His research interests have included electrochemical aspects of materials synthesis and environmental degradation of materials. His education in the U.K. included B.Sc. (University of Leeds) and Ph.D. (University of Birmingham) degrees in Metallurgy and a diploma in Industrial Administration (Aston University). He was the recipient of the Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2009. As Associate Dean, Prof. Sheppard has had a leading role in the development of the undergraduate engineering curriculum at Stevens, including innovations in design education and initiatives to include entrepreneurship, sustainability, and global competency for undergraduate students.

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Christos Christodoulatos Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Dr. Christos Christodoulatos is Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology. The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) has the mandate to modernize the technology transfer process and design educational and research programs that bring the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship into the classroom and the research laboratory. Dr. Christodoulatos is leading the implementation of academic entrepreneurship through the creation of innovative curricula and overseeing the commercialization of the institute’s intellectual property. He has been teaching and performing research since 1988 and has managed over a hundred and fifty major research projects exceeding $30M. Dr. Christodoulatos has developed and delivered entrepreneurship curricula and specialized innovation and entrepreneurship workshops for faculty, administration, and technical entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan. He is a founding member of two start-up companies for the commercialization of environmental technology. He holds a B.E. and M.E. in Chemical Engineering from the City College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Kate D. Abel Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Kate Abel serves as the as the Director of the Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Management Program in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Applied Psychology. She has held several professional service positions, including the President of the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and the President of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society. She teaches courses in Total Quality Management, Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial Analysis of Engineering Design, Statistics for Engineering Managers, Management of Engineering and Technology, and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as knowledge and information management. She is a member of the Board of Advisors at West Point for the Department of Systems Engineering. She is also a member of several professional societies, including ASEE, ASEM, ASME, and EMH.

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Leslie R Brunell Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Sandra V. Furnbach P.E. Stevens Institute of Technology

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Vikki Hazelwood Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Dr. Vikki Hazelwood is an expert in Translational Medicine. She arrived at Stevens upon having served 25 years in industry. Most recently, she held executive positions in Sales and Business Development for Medical Device companies. Her experience includes many years of clinical interface with surgeons and NY metro area hospitals, as well as successful business collaboration with senior decision makers of global medical device companies.

Since arriving at Stevens in 2004, Dr. Hazelwood has led a grassroots effort to create and implement an environment of excitement, creativity, and entrepreneurship among Biomedical Engineering researchers. She has created a lab for Translational Research in Medicine. Dr. Hazelwood has brought entrepreneurship into the academic research and educational process and lead the development of a venture-capital backed start-up company, SPOC Inc., for which she served as President and CEO, and her student founders are co-inventors and full time employees.

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Kishore Pochiraju Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Kishore Pochiraju is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department and also the Director of the IDEaS program at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Drexel University and joined Stevens after working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Delaware. His expertise spans product design, advanced manufacturing, materials insertion, and knowledge-based systems integration. His current externally-funded research is on the design of real-time electromechanical robotic systems, high-temperature materials, and micro-/nano-scale devices. He is a member of ASME, IEEE and American Society for Composites (ASC).

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Eirik Hole Stevens Institute of Technology (SSE)

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Bruce McNair Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Bruce McNair has been a Distinguished Service Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology since 2002. During that time, he has been responsible for conducting the ECE two-semester capstone Senior Design course and advising a majority of the project groups, as well as teaching several other undergraduate and graduate courses. Previously, he spent 24 years at AT&T Bell Labs/AT&T Labs-Research, in addition to several years at the U.S. Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth and ITT Defense Communications Division.

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Thomas G. Lechler Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Thomas G. Lechler is an Associate Professor at the Howe School, Stevens Institute of Technology.
His research interests focus on value creation through innovation with particular emphasis on the management of projects and the recognition and exploitation of business opportunities. He regularly presents his work at leading international research conferences. His work is published in the leading technology management journals and he has published four books.
His research has received several awards. In 1999 at the Rent 13 Conference in London he received the best Paper Award. In 2010 he received the PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award. He has received several research grants from NSF and from other funding organizations. From 2003-2005 he was appointed NASA research fellow in project management.

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A Pilot for Integrating Capstone Design with a Two-Semester Innovation & Entrepreneurship Course SequenceIn this paper we discuss a pilot program to integrate senior-year capstone engineering designwith a two-semester course sequence that addresses innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E),these topics representing an evolving core thread in the curriculum to address the demands of21st Century careers. The pilot has specifically addressed the challenges of doing this withmultidisciplinary design projects. The pilot team is comprised of experienced capstone designcoordinators from several disciplines together with faculty who teach entrepreneurship andcoordinated through the Office of the Vice-Provost for Academic Entrepreneurship.The approach has been to create separate multidisciplinary sections of the two-semester seniorcapstone design course, each section with a domain association such as healthcare, energy androbotics. Each section has a lead faculty coordinator with other faculty advisers as consultantswhere appropriate from the disciplines involved in each of the projects. A typical pilot sectionhas been 30-35 students, with a project team size of 3-5 students. Thus each coordinator isresponsible for 6-10 projects. The pilot was initiated in Fall 2012 with 50 students in twodomains; healthcare and energy, was expanded in Fall 2013 to 130 in three domains: healthcare,energy and robotics and for Fall 2014 expanded to approx. 240 students from 6 engineeringprograms. For the 2014/5 year, in addition to the multidisciplinary projects, several engineeringprograms have adopted the pilot format for their disciplinary capstone projects. The goal is fullimplementation across all engineering programs (approx 500 students) in 2015/16. The two-course I&E sequence was initially structured as 1.5 credits per semester but was transitioned to a2 (Fall) and 1 (Spring) credit split in the latest iteration. Most importantly the senior projectteams are scheduled into an I&E course section as a team to facilitate the capstone projectintegration with these courses. The courses strive to directly develop the relevant I&E conceptsin the context of each design project.The desired outcomes of the program are to: enhance the students’ understanding and adoptionof relevant project management and business considerations in their capstone projects; developan entrepreneurial perspective that can inform the development and context for their project;nurture the personal attributes associated with I&E that can benefit students in careers in aglobally competitive environment where an entrepreneurial mindset and competencies are anenabler both in developing new ventures or in the broader corporate context.The paper discusses the significant challenges in implementing a coordinated approach,especially in the multidisciplinary context, including the need to meet program capstoneoutcomes and achieve consistency in the assessment of student performance against a commonset of rubrics/instruments for the core outcomes in addition to those that are program specific.Results of the pilot from both student and faculty evaluations are described.

Sheppard, K. G., & Christodoulatos, C., & Abel, K. D., & Brunell, L. R., & Furnbach, S. V., & Hazelwood, V., & Pochiraju, K., & Hole, E., & McNair, B., & Lechler, T. G. (2015, June), A Pilot for Integrating Capstone Design with a Two-Semester Innovation & Entrepreneurship Course Sequence Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23422

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